Tokyo Food Specialty Areas – A Reference Guide

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There are certain cities in Tokyo that specialize in a particular Japanese food specialty. These cities have a large concentration of certain kinds of foods, and they can be a great place to experience a specific kind of authentic Japanese foods. There are also cities that have a large number of a specific countries foods that revolves around the local communities that live in the area.

Japanese Food Specialty Cities

Tsukiji – Seafoods

Tsukiji was the home of the largest fish market in the world and it is also the city that contains the largest concentration of sushi and fish restaurants in Tokyo. In Tsukiji, there are many kinds of eateries, restaurants and dining establishments that cater to all price ranges. They are open early in the morning and are open throughout the day. Tsukiji is the place to come to enjoy various kinds of seafood’s prepared in various Japanese styles. Tsukiji has everything the ocean has to offer and if seafood’s is what you’re looking for, then Tsukiji is the place for you. Location: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo Train Access: Tsukiji Station, 5 min walk Google Maps

Ikebukuro – Gyoza

Inside the Ikebukuro Sunshine City complex in Ikebukuro there is the Gyoza Stadium that is inside the Namja Town attraction. The Gyoza Stadium features various kinds of Gyoza dishes that are produced by some of the most famous Gyoza restaurants from across Japan. The Gyoza Stadium restaurant theme puts you in a setting that resembles 1950s Tokyo. This is a great place to try many kinds of Gyoza’s from all over Japan in one place. Location: 3-1-2, Sunshine City Alpa 2F Toshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Tokyo Train Access: Higashi-Ikebukuro Station, 7 min walk, Ikebukuro Station, 14 min walk Google Maps

Jiyugaoka – Sweets

About a five-minute walk from the Jiyugaoka train station, you will find the Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest. This area specializes in Japanese and western sweets favorites and the range of sweets that are offered cover just about anything from candies, cakes, deserts, to ice creams. If you really want to dive in and get your sugar fix, you can visit an all you can eat sweets buffet restaurant, where you can try many kinds of sweets that can be eaten under a specified time limit. If you’re a fan of sweets, than the Jiyugaoka sweets forest is the place to visit. Location: 2-Chome-25-7 Midorigaoka, Meguro City, Tokyo Train Access: Jiyugaoka Station, 6 min walk Google Maps

Tsukishima – Monjayaki

Monjayaki is a kind of Japanese style pancake that originates from Tsukishima. Monjayaki can contain many different ingredients, such as seafood, meat and vegetables, mixed into the batter and cooked on a flat grill, and the Monjayaki is often eaten right from the grill that is on the table. There is a large concentration of Monjayaki restaurants located along Nishinaka Street, just a few steps from Tsukishima Station. Monjayaki is a kind of Japanese comfort food that is enjoyed by everyone. Location: 3-Chome-17 Tsukishima, Chuo City, Tokyo Train Access: Tsukishima Station Area Google Maps

Asakusa – Traditional Izakaya’s

West of the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa is about a hundred meter long street lined with many old school style Izakayas that have the feeling of the days of the past. It is nicknamed “Hoppy Street” after a popular low alcoholic drink “Hoppy” that is mixed with shochu (A Japanese distilled alcoholic beverage) that is popular and sold in the area. The Izakaya restaurants that line the road specialize in traditional Japanese Izakaya dishes that go well with drinks. These Izakayas on Hoppy Street can be busy, even in the daytime, when many of the city’s other Izakayas usually open in the evening. Location: 2 Chome-12-4 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo Train Access: Asakusa Station, 5 min walk Google Maps

Yurakucho – Yakitori

Yakitori is very popular in Japan and there are restaurants all over the city of Tokyo. However, in the Yurakucho area, primarily under the train tracks next to the Yurakucho train station there is a large number of small Izakayas serving Yakitori in the area. Yakitori is a soul food of Japan. In Yurakucho, there is the recently opened “Yakitori Stadium Tokyo” restaurant that is the home of seven famous Yakitori shops that have originated from all over Japan. If Japanese style charcoal grilled chicken and vegetables are what your looking for, then Yurakucho is the place. Location: 2-Chome-3-3 Yurakucho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo Train Access: Yurakucho Station, 1 min walk Google Maps

International Food Specialty Cities

Tokyo has a wide range of authentic international dining options available. There are many international restaurants located all over Tokyo. However, there are some cities inside of Tokyo that revolve around a specific country’s immigrant communities who live in these cities, and this is where to find a large selection of a particular international cuisine in one place.

Korea Town – Shin-Okubo

Shin-Okubo is one stop north of Shinjuku, and it is the home of the largest number of Koreans living in Tokyo. Just walk right outside the Shin-Okubo JR Station and you will find a street filled with many different kinds of Korean food restaurants. Given the political tensions between Japan and Korea, the once popular little Korea area of Tokyo has declined quite a bit in the last few years. For the visitors who are visiting Shin-Okubo you can experience the most authentic Korean food like bibimbap, bulgogi, and yakiniku that you’ll find outside of Seoul, Korea. Location: 1 Chome Hyakunincho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo Train Access: Shin-Okubo Station Google Maps

France Town – Kagurazaka

The little France area of Kagurazaka and its cobblestone streets of Kagurazaka are widely considered Tokyo’s little taste of Paris, which is tucked in between the classic Japanese Edo era temples of the area. Kagurazaka has a European cafe atmosphere and some of the best French food in Tokyo and it features the largest concentration of French cafes, coffee houses, bakeries, bistros, restaurants and dessert havens in Tokyo. The combination of the Japanese and French cultures in Kagurazaka makes for an interesting experience. Location: Kagurazaka, Shinjuku City, Tokyo Train Access: Kagurazaka Station, 1 min walk Google Maps

China Town – Ikebukuro

The north side of the Ikebukuro Station in recent years has developed into the unofficial Chinatown of Tokyo. In this area, you can find hundreds of Chinese restaurants and cafes that offer various kinds of foods from all over China. This is the place to visit if you are interested in the most authentic Chinese foods in Tokyo. Location: Nishiikebukuro Train Access: Ikebukuro Station, 3 min walk Google Maps

Arab Town – Ueno

The city of Ueno has long been a major trading area in Tokyo, and the center for this activity is the Ameyoko area. This area has undergone many changes in recent years, and Ueno has seen the arrival of a large number of restaurants that serve a variety of kebabs, Halal foods and Middle Eastern favorites. If you enjoy Middle Eastern foods than this is the best place in Tokyo to visit. Location: 4-Chome-9-1 4 Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo Train Access: Ueno Station, 3 min walk Google Maps

India Town – Nishi-Kasai

Over the last decade or so, the Nishi-Kasai neighborhood and the Edogawa area has become home to the largest Indian population in Japan. Nishi-Kasai has become the home for all things Indian, and it has the largest concentration of Indian restaurants in Tokyo. When the people of Tokyo get hungry for real Indian food they head straight for Nishi-Kasai. Location: Nishi Kasai Area Train Access: Nishi Kasai Station Google Maps

Nepal Town – Asagaya

The Asagaya area in known as “Little Nepal.” There is a large concentration of Nepalese families living here and there are Nepalese grocery stores, spice shops, schools and Nepalese, who are operating a wide variety of curry restaurants. When in the mood for Nepalese curry, Asagaya is the place. Location: Asagaya Area Train Access: Asagaya Station Google Maps

Myanmar Town – Takadanobaba

The Myanmarese community in Japan largely grew in the 1990s, a time of political turmoil back home when many fled to escape persecution. The Takadanobaba area has a dozen or so Myanmarese restaurants and it is sometimes refered to as “Little Yangon.” For the people who wish to have authentic Myanmarese cuisine, Takadanobaba is the place to go. Location: Takadanobaba Area Train Access: Takadanobaba Station, 5 min walk Google Maps

International Town – Roppongi

Roppongi is the original international city inside Tokyo and this is the place where you will find the most Gaijins in Tokyo. Roppongi is the place where you will find the largest concentration of international cuisine, fast foods and chain restaurants. Roppongi has the largest variety of international restaurants that offer foods from countries all around the world in Tokyo. Location: Roppongi Area Train Access: Roppongi Station Google Maps

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